13 comments on “The Wizard of Oz | Theatre Review

  1. This sounds fantastic! Would loved to have seen it.
    I saw a production of A Christmas Carol the other day, it was unexpectedly anarchic – it was OK but I actually would’ve preferred more story and less slapstick!

      • The poster gave no indication it would be anything but a traditional version! There was food flinging, fighting over roles, cross dressing, the spirits falling over…
        I’ve seen a proper version before, it was atmospheric. I do like the book 🙂

  2. Now I’m curious as to how they used the puppetry. Was it the flying monkeys? I saw a musical called The Christmas Schooner last weekend that was just lovely. A fresh plot, sadness, happiness, memorable songs, and it all has the appeal of feeling local. The story is about German immigrants who move to northern Michigan and sail Christmas trees on a Schooner down the Great Lake to Chicago where other German immigrants are desperately missing their traditional Christmas–including the tree.

    • No, the flying monkeys were played by dancers/gymnasts, some of whom were on wires. Puppetry was used for the crows, and some of Toto’s scenes.

      That sounds lovely; I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. So glad you enjoyed it, Callum. WOZ is my favorite movie of all time, and I’ve amassed a bit of a collection over the years, too. For my birthday in 1989, my daughter took me to a 50th anniversary stage performance here in Orlando, and though I was skeptical that it could ever match the movie, it was amazingly good. The special effects were mind-boggling, too. A flying house circled over the audience, and you could see through the walls (canvas, I think) and see Dorothy moving on the bed. Later, the monkeys flew on wires, too, and best of all, the Wicked Witch of the West circled over us on a broom, cackling at the top of her lungs. The cast was perfection, too, even Dorothy. No one will ever be able to sing Over the Rainbow like Judy Garland, of course, but this young lady did a fantastsic job, just the same. I envy you having just seen a new production, and I’m happy to know it was such a great experience for you. 🙂 Long live Oz, but never forget . . . there’s no place like home. 😀

    • That production sounds wonderful! They used wirework for the monkeys in this version too, and Cirque du Soleil inspired aerial work for the talking trees.

      I agree that it’s hard to match up to the standard of such a beloved classic, but the cast were great on all fronts; acting, singing, and dancing. It was a delightful experience! 😊

      • 🙂 It’s amazing how enduring this story is, and then the original movie adaptation. In spite of all the various versions, that 1939 film still holds up to the test of time. And seeing what else they’ve done with it is fun, too. Especially a live performance. I wonder what L. Frank Baum would think of it all. 🙂

  4. This sounds delightful. I absolutely love the Wizard of Oz, and now I have a hankering to watch it again! I’m a little behind on just about everything, including catching up on my favourite blogs…I’ll do better in the new year! Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

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